17 June 2021

BIHR’s round-up of the week's top human rights news, from BIHR and beyond...

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News from BIHR

Our New Work with Community and Advocacy Groups!

This week, BIHR announced our 10 new partner organisations for our final series of free workshops for advocacy and community groups, ahead of launching our new project…

Our new project, Co-Design a Human Rights “Solution” with BIHR, seeks to support community groups and voluntary groups to find human rights “solutions” to address social justice issues using human rights. Initially, the aim is to develop this approach with a small number of partners as pilot project, to then develop our long-term offer to community groups. Find out more here!

We’re launching this new project with a workshop on 1 July 2021 for community, campaigning and advocacy organisations across the UK who are interested in working with us longer-term to support their human rights advocacy.

So … if you had a blank page what human rights support would you want from us at BIHR? What would it look like? Think outside the box, it does not need to be a training session or a resource (it could be of course!), creativity welcome!

Register here for our Zoom workshop on 1 July 2021 at 10.30am – 12pm.

  • The workshop is open to representatives of community, campaigning, and advocacy organisations across the UK.
  • To ensure as many groups as possible can join us we are limiting spaces to 2 representatives per organisation.

Government Consultations and human rights… watch this space!

This week, the UK government announced that Covid-19 vaccines will be made compulsory for everyone working in care homes in England. This news, which involves the human rights of people receiving care and care staff, follows a 5-week UK government consultation on the issue. In response, we let people know that at BIHR we're conducting research into the human rights implications of how government consultations are run.

Want to stay informed about our research? Register your interest here.

New Explainer

We've also published a new Explainer on mental capacity and sexual relations. Click here to read it!

News from Elsewhere...

  1. Everyone working in care homes to be fully vaccinated under new law to protect residents

    “Decision follows an extensive public consultation with thousands of staff, providers, residents and families. Further consultation will be launched on whether to extend to other health and social care settings”

    UK Govt press release, 16 June 2021



  2. NHS mental health trust fined £1.5m over care failures that led to 11 deaths

    “Judge says Essex Partnership University NHS foundation trust had failed to prevent suicides.”

    The Guardian, 16 June 2021


  3. Third of UK hospital Covid patients had ‘do not resuscitate’ order in first wave

    “Almost a third of patients admitted to hospital with suspected Covid-19 during the first wave of the pandemic had a “do not resuscitate” decision recorded before or on their day of admission, research suggests.”

    The Guardian, 15 June 2021


  4. Care services too focused on investigating families in crisis, says review

    “Child protection services in England are too focused on investigating families in crisis and do not provide enough early support, a report says.”

    BBC News, 17 June 2021


  5. Ministers remove children from private youth jail after American contractor fails to fix ‘serious’ flaws

    “The UK government is removing all children from a troubled jail for youths run by an American company after some were locked in their rooms for more than 23 hours a day.”

    The Independent, 16 June 2021


  6. Colchester and Ipswich hospitals 'put mothers and babies at risk'

    “Two hospitals must improve maternity services after a health watchdog said they did not always have enough staff to "keep women and babies safe".”

    BBC News, 16 June 2021


  7. Adult social care services face ‘deluge’ of requests for support

    “Adult social care services are facing a “deluge” of requests for support from vulnerable and older people as society starts to open up after the pandemic, according to council care chiefs in England.”


    The Guardian, 16 June 2021

Thanks for reading!

There has been a lot of sad human rights news this week, and we know it can be overwhelming. Why not take a moment to read our blog, Value of Human Rights in Health and Social Care: from Covid-19 and beyond, to remind yourself and reflect on the value that human rights have in helping us achieve dignified and independent lives.